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That otherwise he’d just have been no different than any other successful businessman. Ljfe 22, Anthony rated it really liked it Shelves: But as a social snapshot of how a scumbag would like to be seen it is interesting.

Nov 06, Sheridan rated it it was ok. Those looking for justice in the universe would be gratified by Lansky’s final years. Their lives are pale copies of the vigor and creativity of the straight world–and the clever ones like Meyer Lansky learn to copy its honesty as well. An un-hyped biography that dispenses with all the mythology surrounding it’s subject.

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It also only briefly touches on his early Prohibition years, completely ignoring the fact that the Jewish-American Bugs and Meyer Mob had a reputation for being one of the most notoriously violent Prohibition gangs of the s.

He watched the scams closely and was able to predict when the games’ operators were going to lansk a sucker to win. I am interested in all things Gangster! Going out into the desert, this was when Robert earned his title as the “method actor” of contemporary biographers. It was excruciating and left me saddened. Navy with the then imprisoned Luciano to defend the East Coast from Nazi saboteurs and u-boats to his relationship and involvement with Benny Siegel in “Bugsy’s” financial adventures and consequent assassination in Las Vegas.

Gangsster involved in illegal enterprizes, mostly concerning gambling, throughout his life, and although expensively pursued by local and federal authorities through much of it, Meyer Lansky was rarely convicted of anything and, despite his enormous reputation as a mob boss, died lea Well researched and very well written, this is a biography of Meyer Lansky ca.

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I dread reading the book and that means it is time to move on. Jan 30, Kurt rated it it was amazing. Lacey clearly argues that Lansky was poor and in retirement by the time he left the country to avoid legal proceedings.

Both were fighting for the right to investigate Organized Crime. The little Jew who beat up Nazis was. What was intimidating in real life mman the dream of escape when experienced in the weightless universe of fantasy. November 10, Garry Abrams Abrams is thr Times staff writer.

Dec 22, D. Fans of dark conspiracies will be disappointed, then, to also learn in “Little Man: He spent the rest of his life trying to scratch together a living from skimming Las Vegas casinos and other small schemes. This was read during my mafia stage.

Quotes from Little Man: He claims that Lansky never ordered a hit or even used intimidation when running his rackets. Excellent biography of Meyer Lansky.

Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life

I started but did not want to read all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are It is of interest to read the book now, ina few years after the death of the scumbag. What Meyer Lansky really knew was how to run a casino or gaming house. Apr 22, Walt rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sep 03, Micky Livingston rated it really liked it. I had to quit reading this biography. Published inMajesty remains acknowledged as the definitive study of British monarchy – a subject on which the author continues to write and lecture around the world, appearing regularly on ABC’s Good Morning America and on CNN’s Larry King Live.


Jun 21, J. Mar 11, Tom Nolan added it. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes mafia Doc’s. An excellent book on Lansky. Robert Lacey is a British historian noted for his original research, which gets him close to – and often living alongside – his subjects.

True to legend, he was a wizard with numbers, so good that he could recalculate baseball players’ batting averages in his head while watching a game.

Law enforcement agencies shadowed him for 25 years and could never come up with anything. All the hype took a toll on his life. Lacey is a good story-teller though and seems to research thoroughly, so I will try out more of his non-fiction. To ask other readers questions about Little Manplease sign up.

He failed twice in ventures to set up legitimate businesses. Lansky’s colleagues in organized crime knew that lansyk Lansky split the proceeds, everyone got their fair share.

If he was that clever, no one would have heard of him. This was a very good book for those who love Mafia based stories.

A genius and one of the most powerful Americans of the last century. He rode along with the winners, then got off before the ride ended. I started but did not want to meyfr all of it- the writer and his subject, indeed most of the characters are thoroughly dislikeable.

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Little Man: Meyer Lansky and the Gangster Life by Robert Lacey

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